BLOGIFUL DAY 4 | Built for Mobile: What is Responsive Blog Design?
Ever wondered what that description on WordPress themes meant? What does ‘responsive‘ mean when it comes to a blog theme?
Well, wonder no more because today, I’m going to tell you exactly what responsive blog design is!
*cue enthusiastic cheer for this short educational post*
If you haven’t seen it before when searching for a WordPress theme, then I highly recommend that you do, if and when you decide to vamp up your blog. The good news is, most blog themes on WordPress are responsive – but what does that even mean?
It’s All About Mobile
Probably one of the most expensive things you own, that is essentially a mini-computer – your phone! It holds so much power and has basically forced everyone in web design to accommodate when it comes to websites, including blogs.
Responsive design is basically about making sure that your blog can be read and seen nicely on all screens of every shape and size. For desktop computers, tablets and phones.
It has become so incredibly important to have responsive websites because people are lazy from the recent convenience boom online. If it’s too hard to navigate on your phone, most won’t navigate at all. It sounds harsh, but it’s true and it has changed the industry.
When was the last time you’ve clicked on a website and it was the desktop version which made all the writing incredibly small? Your thumb is now ten times the size and you’ll accidentally click on all the wrong things because the site isn’t built to be used on mobile effectively. This is why websites and blog themes are now all beginning to be designed for mobile-first. It makes sense when the majority of people tend to look up things on their phone when they’re on social media or on the go.
What does this mean for me?
I guess this post isn’t really a tutorial or super educational (other than explaining what it means) but it’s more about giving you something to think about when considering your blog’s design. There are many aspects of blog design that are super important, many that Kat and I have touched on! However, many people tend to forget about responsive design because they spend a lot of their time designing their blog on their laptop or desktop computer – and it’s just something that’s also important to think about.
How to make sure your blog is mobile-friendly? Try it out on your phone! If it looks a bit weird or not as you imagined to be, it might be time to go back to the drawing board and find the perfect theme.
Most WordPress themes are responsive but not all of them are great at it, and it comes down to finding the right one that works for you.
Something else that’s beneficial about responsive design is that it tends to make your website or blog load faster – which is great for your blog’s SEO rankings! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can read my previous blogiful post on Search Engine Optimisation right here.
What do you think about responsive blog design?
(psst! our huge giveaway is still ongoing, so go enter now on Kat’s last blogiful post.)
Until next time,